Minnesota to increase disability hires by 2018

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2014 Updated Aug 4, 2014 at 10:11 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- More Minnesotans living with disabilities will be hired by state employers over the next four years.

Governor Mark Dayton has issued an Executive Order directing all state agencies to increase their employment of people with disabilities to seven percent by 2018.

The Governor's Executive Order instructs state agencies to develop a model for recruitment, promotion, and hiring.

It also requires employers to report progress reports on a quarterly basis.

Governor Dayton says Minnesota's new target of 7 percent will make the state a leader in the region for hiring people with disabilities.